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Michigan LLC

LLC formation

Follow these simple steps to Form Your LLC.

Not ready to start an LLC? Learn the basics.

1. Name your LLC

This is the first and most important step in starting your LLC. Do some research to make sure the name you choose is suited to your business venture and is easily searchable for potential clients.

  1. Follow the naming guidelines: Your entity name must contain the words Limited Liability Company or the abbreviation L.L.C. or LLC. Restricted words require additional paperwork (e.g. Banc, Bank, Banque, etc) and/or licensed individuals (e.g. Doctor, Engineer, etc). to be part of the LLC. Prohibited words are those that would confuse the name of your LLC with a federal or state agency e.g. FBI, Secret Service, Treasury etc.
  2. For more naming restrictions download this PDF.

  3. Is the name available? Make sure the name isn't already taken by doing a name search on the Michigan website.
  4. Is the URL available? Check to see if the name of your LLC is available so that you can reserve your domain name. Even if you don't plan to make a website today, you may want to buy the domain name in order to prevent others from acquiring it.

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2. Choose a Registered Agent

You must nominate a Registered Agent for your Michigan LLC

What is a Registered Agent? A registered agent is a person or business nominated by your company to officially receive and send papers on your behalf including annual state filings.

Who can be a Registered Agent? The registered agent must be a resident of Michigan or a corporation authorized to transact business in Michigan. You may elect an individual within the company including yourself.

Click here to learn why using a Registered Agent Service can protect you.

Recommended: This registered agent service provides a great package.

3. File the Articles of Organization

Registering Your LLC with the State

File the Articles of Organization for a Domestic LLC.

Download the PDF:
Articles of Organization - Domestic Michigan LLC

Fee: Nonrefundable $50, payable to the State of Michigan. INCLUDE the LLC company name in the MEMO SECTION on the check or money order.

Follow the instructions on the PDF.

Important: If you're expanding your existing LLC to Michigan you are forming a Foreign LLC. Learn how.

4. Create an Operating Agreement

What is an Operating Agreement? An operating agreement is a legal document outlining the ownership and operating procedures of your LLC. This agreement allows you to form financial/working relationships with co-owners into an established system suitable to your business. It is not required to form an LLC in Michigan, but is good practice to have one.

Recommended: We provide a free operating agreement however we recommend getting one professional drafted by a lawyer, especially if you are starting a multi-member LLC.

Need help forming your LLC or creating custom legal documents? Get help from a Michigan Lawyer.



after filing

Further Requirements After LLC Formation

1. Obtain an EIN

What is an EIN? The Employer Identification Number (EIN), or Federal Tax Identification Number, is used to identify a business entity. It is essentially a social security number for the company.

Why do I need an EIN? An EIN is required for the following:

  • To open a bank account for the company
  • For federal and state tax purposes
  • To hire employees for the company

Where do I get an EIN? An EIN is obtained from the IRS (free of charge) by the business owner after they form their business. This can be done by one of two ways:

2. Register for State Tax

Do I need to register for State taxes? You will need to register for State taxes if:

  • you have employees
  • you are selling a physical product that requires sales tax within your State

Determine your state's tax obligations at SBA.gov

3. Obtain Business Licenses & Permits

Do I need business licenses & permits and how do I obtain them?

To operate your LLC you must comply with federal, state, and local government regulations. For example, restaurants likely need health permits, building permits, signage permits, etc.

Find out what types of special licensing you need by doing the following:

  • Fill out the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) comprehensive guide. Follow the directions to obtaining the correct licenses and permits.
  • Contact your local Chamber of Commerce and ask about local licenses and permits.

The details of business licenses and permits vary from state to state. Make sure you read carefully. Don't be surprised if there are short classes required as well.

Fees for business licenses and permits will vary depending on what sort of license you are seeking to obtain.

4. Hire Employees

Once a business decides to hire employees, they are obligated to adhere to certain legal requirements, such as:

  • Ensuring that potential employees are eligible to work in the US
  • Reporting employees as a "new hires" to the State
  • Providing workers' comp insurance for employees
  • Withholding income taxes
  • Printing compliance posters and place in conspicuous location
  • Ensuring payment of employees in specific increments as required by the state

Learn more about hiring employees for your small business.

5. Get Insurance

What is Workers Compensation Insurance? This form of insurance is required for most businesses with employees, but varies by State. Click here to learn more.

What is General Liability Insurance? This is an important service, but is not required in most States. Click here to learn why.

How much will the right insurance cost you? Click here to find out.



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